Despite the challenges faced by the Class of 2021 for the past two academic years, the Western Cape has achieved an 81.2% matric pass rate.
This is according to the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga who announced the NSC examinations results in Auckland Park on Thursday, 20 January.
Motshekga indicated that this is an improvement of 21.9% passes from 2020 after the Western Cape matric pass rate dipped to 79.9%, for the first time since 2010, which meant it achieved under the 80% pass rate.
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Meanwhile, the Provincial Education Minister, Debbie Schafer, says the fact that results were achieved after two years of COVID 19 makes it more remarkable.
Schafer indicated that 6076 extra candidates sat for the examinations, which made it more difficult to increase the percentage, however, the province achieved its ever percentage of bachelors passes, at 45.3%. The Western Cape retained its third position in South Africa.
The Western Cape’s Ulrich Le Roux from Hoër Jongenskool in Paarl was also announced as the top achiever of the 2021 Matric Class in South Africa.
[WATCH] Here is what the 2021 overall NSC top learner, Ulrich le Roux had to say. Overwhelmed with emotions and excitement, Ulrich said this was unexpected. #MatricResults #Classof2021 pic.twitter.com/ZQRGqficC8
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